FOP Watch: Facts Don’t Stand in the Way of Knowing

Florian Sohnke’s recent devoid of facts critique published on Medium attempted to hold the author of a piece published at Reason.com to account. The article on Reason.com covers numbers released by the Lucy Parsons Labs regarding the execution of search warrants by the Chicago Police Department. The Sohnkecritique is ideologically driven and devoid of facts Read more about FOP Watch: Facts Don’t Stand in the Way of Knowing[…]

FOP Watch: Taking Responsibility Not a FOP Thing

Taking responsibility for their actions is obviously something the FOP leadership and their memberships are not very good at doing. Although at the same time they are very good at making sure other are taking responsibility for their actions. Even today the FOP still argues that: Jon Burge never tortured anyone let along the more Read more about FOP Watch: Taking Responsibility Not a FOP Thing[…]

Laquan McDonald Thanksgiving Protest

FOP Watch: FOP responds to firing of 4 officers

On Thursday July 18th, a city oversight board voted in favor of the firing of the four officers accused of covering up the circumstances of Laquan’s death. The Police Board found that Sergeant Franko signed off on false reports about the shooting, and that Officers Viramontes, Mondragon and Sebastian provided accounts of the shooting that Read more about FOP Watch: FOP responds to firing of 4 officers[…]

FOP Watch: Actions in the interest of others – Exploring a double standard of coverup and media coverage

The release of the dash cam video of the on November 24, 2015 of the shooting of Laquan McDonald forever fortified the claim there was a police coverup of what would soon be six counts of first-degree murder, sixteen counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct by police force. Almost 5 years since the shooting Read more about FOP Watch: Actions in the interest of others – Exploring a double standard of coverup and media coverage[…]

FOP Watch: Examining Anti-Police Rhetoric in Managing Police Culture

Chicago Police’s distrust with the public is higher now than it ever has been as their culture continues to be a problem.  The distrust is growing exponentially since the early 90s after the revealed misconducts of Jon Burge’s and his “Midnight Crew” officers who used methods of torture including beating, suffocation, burning, and electrical shock Read more about FOP Watch: Examining Anti-Police Rhetoric in Managing Police Culture[…]

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FOP Watch: Examining FOP Executives’ response to Consent Decree

Writing the first letter within their June report, president Kevin Graham focused on the ongoing contract negotiations between the city and the FOP as well as the consent decree. While like several other issued statements, Graham describes the negotiation as a “roadblock from the city,” and “intimate that police are out of control.” Of the Read more about FOP Watch: Examining FOP Executives’ response to Consent Decree[…]

FOP Watch: Chicago Tribune’s Boudreau coverage fuels tension of anti-police narrative

FOP officials directly call out Megan Crepeau and Eric Zorn, maintaining that Crepeau “whitewashes powerful evidence the Chicago Tribune falsely claimed, as part of their anti-police efforts, Chicago Police officers coerced confessions from accused killers.” The blog post was written in response to Crepeau’s latest coverage of Judge Leroy Martin rejecting an amicus brief by Read more about FOP Watch: Chicago Tribune’s Boudreau coverage fuels tension of anti-police narrative[…]

Marcher Filming Police Officer

FOP Watch

Even the most passive observer of the administration of justice in Chicago can recognize the level of influence the Fraternal Order of Police union, (FOP), has among the media and policymakers in Chicago. The FOP represents the thousands of Chicago Police Department patrol officers. The FOP does not have a history in Chicago that would Read more about FOP Watch[…]